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St Swithuns CE Primary School

Christian Distinctiveness

Our Christian Values

Our core Christian Values are those of LOVE, COURAGE and COMMUNITY.

These values inform our curriculum which in turn aims to develop children’s independence, self-expression, resilience, communication skills, creativity, self-belief, enquiry skills and understanding of diversity.
 
Additional values are associated with each of our core values.?

Our values seek to underpin the Christian belief that we are all God's people and that we all matter.  We set ourselves the highest standards in all that we do: in our teaching, learning, pastoral care and through our citizenship.  We believe that everyone within our school community should be valued and treated with love and respect and that each of us has a right to grow and become the best we can be.  

Likewise, we believe that we each have a responsibility to show respect towards each other.  Our shared values are central to what we believe as a school and permeate our daily work and interactions, relationships and decisions.  With these values and our belief that we have a responsibility to give our best in all we do, our children are helped to prepare for their life-long learning journey. 

All members of our school - children, staff, parents and governors - are encouraged to value and respect themselves and each other, the wider community and the environment.

As they grow in mind, body and spirit, our children have the confidence to be aspirational, independent and creative learners who enjoy their work and achieve in all aspects of their education in the caring, family community here.

What You Will Notice

As a parent, pupil, visitor or member of staff you will find that at St Swithun’s we aim to offer the best education to all our children, as other schools would, but the way in which the school works is different and distinctive. This distinctive difference is rooted in our Christian values that affect the way in which everyone behaves and the way in which everyone is respected.  In order to nurture children’s spirituality, our Governing Board ensures that St Swithun’s CE Primary School:

  • is led by a Headteacher who is committed, with the help of staff, to maintain the distinctive Church of England character of the school; 
  • provides children with the opportunity to engage meaningfully in a daily act of worship; 
  • offers school life that incorporates the values of the Christian faith; 
  • allocates 5% of curriculum time to Religious Education; 
  • observes the major Christian festivals; 
  • encourages and enables those children of other faiths to mark their major festivals with integrity; 
  • maintains and develops an active and affirming relationship with St Swithun’s Church; 
  • affirms that our school is a Church of England school and makes appropriate use of Christian symbols around the school.

Our Core Christian Values

Church schools have Christian beliefs and values at their heart. This means that every child and adult associated with the school is not only important because they are members of the school but also because they are seen as unique individuals within God’s creation.

LOVE

Our vision is for all our children to have love and compassion in their lives, showing respect and kindness to everyone, supporting each other thoughtfully and with understanding.

So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other.  Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.  Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.

John 13:34-35

God is love and love is all inclusive.  Jesus is a symbol of God’s love.

Love is selfless and without self-gain. We see love in our child-centred school: in our teaching and care for each pupil, as well as in the relationships between one another as we work together.  We teach children to show self-love, in valuing themselves.

COURAGE

Our vision is for all our children to have the courage to persevere with confidence and hope, develop integrity, determination and a love of learning.

Courage can sometimes be hard to find. However, it is essential for us to instil it in our children and in ourselves. Without courage, we are unable to move forward.  Without courage, we will never experience new things in life or make the world a better place for others or ourselves. 

The Church of England talks about 'courageous advocacy' - putting the needs of others first, even when it might be dangerous or difficult.  Jesus had the courage to give his life for us, therefore we must have the courage to stand up for God’s values.  Through ‘courage’ we help pupils to build confidence, independence and self-esteem.

So keep up your courage, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me.

Acts 27:25

COMMUNITY

Our vision is for us all to work together as a learning community with faith and a sense of service and cooperation.  Our school works in unison with all our families, those of different faiths and none, and we teach pupils to value diversity and be respectful of differences. 

Our goal as a community is to emulate the examples of Jesus; we aspire to be more like him, so that we can inspire others.  Community spirit and encouragement go hand in hand. This is a simple, but profound lesson within the Bible. ?

How good and pleasant it is for brothers and sisters to dwell together in unity.

Psalm 133:1 

We share in the world that is made from God’s love; thus, we also share the same heart and faith when we come together as a community.

St Swithun's Church